Beautiful Salvation

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Abba,

I praise your for our Messiah,

who has saved us in mercy into rightful relationship with you.

I praise you that you knew our grief

from the moment of birth,

the loss of our connection to you,

the longing for your love, for things unseen,

for heavenly realms with words lacking to describe,

not knowing what I don’t know,

only feeling utterly lost, alone in a world that lies about you.

And you closed the gap,

sending salvation,

your heart bleeding through your Son,

showing in life, in flesh, in time, on earth,

your glory, beauty, holiness, and love,

witnessed by the world.

I praise you for sending the hounds of heaven

throughout history and time to chase us

down generations and family lines to each individual heart,

the Spirit hovering over all our chaos, rage, and pain,

bringing life,

showing a different way,

lighting the narrow path,

the small, humble steps to your glory and bliss,

rooting us in righteousness,

your hand firmly holding us

that we would no longer be swept away.

I praise you for your mercy, long-suffering, and faithfulness,

your love, and your hand that is mighty to save.

I bless your name, Holy One of Israel,

for bringing salvation to the world,

and seeing me,

a speck in history,

to set apart and make yours.

Thank you Abba, I worship you and love you.

I pray let your glorious light of mercy and truth,

grace and love

shine through me.

Amen.

God With You

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I bless you O God,

King of the universe,

the one true judge,

in my grief,

when the way is dark,

I bless your name,

remembering that your glory shines

high above the heavens,

and that your light will break through

the heavy clouds overhead,

I bless you O God

for your presence with me,

sweet comfort alongside my mourning,

hope guiding through pain,

strength covering my weakness,

your love finding me in my darkest moments,

and transforming me through grace.

I bless your precious name,

Amen.

My Soul Is Well

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Abba,

In your hands you hold my life,

my body is dust returning to dust,

my time here fragile and short,

like a snowflake already melting away.

Life and loved ones pass through,

leaving suddenly

reminding me of the thin veil

between here and there,

Tomorrow isn’t promised to me,

your breath and power sustain me today.

In my weakness,

I sense your control and strength,

Holding me close, holding me safe,

as I surrender my illusory control to you.

I’ll trust in, lean on, depend on you today,

taking every thought captive,

casting every care on you,

resting in your atonement and resurrection,

knowing I’m alive,

and my soul is well in you.

Amen.

Praise In Pain

Father God,

You are the God of all compassion, mercy and righteusness

and yet there’s so many things I don’t understand.

Help me God, I don’t get why suffering comes

why you bring things and then take things away.

Why I pray and cling to hope,

to see only shadows come and death.

Father, I confess I’m exhausted trying to figure it all out.

I know I may never get answers,

and it makes me feel completely out of control and weak.

I’m at a loss God.

Help me, precious Father, please give me the grace to trust you.

You reign over all things in perfect wisdom, love, and truth.

I know there’s nothing good in me,

and my ancestors didn’t know you,

yet in your mercy, you touched my heart to receive your Son

to die and save me, and my family.

Father, you have been the One by me to comfort me,

to still my aching heart with your presence.

You have healed me with your words

and gently waited for me to approach your light and mercy.

I don’t have answers and my grief is heavy,

but I praise you God, for you are always my light and strength.

My comfort, my keeper, and my light,

and I will bless your Name today.

Amen.

A Prayer For Grief

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Father God

You know me.

You knew all along

that my striving, trying, reaching, grasping

was my running away from all the pain.

Please help me to stop,

and hear your voice that’s been calling me all along.

To rest, to be, and be comforted by you.

That I’m enough in my grief and sadness

that my confusion doesn’t overwhelm you.

That you haven’t moved on when others do,

and you’re not scared by my questions and cries.

Give me words to express pain I have no words for,

show me how to grieve because I’ve never been taught how.

Father you gave your Son for me,

your heart has never stopped pursuing me.

Please help me just to come,

exactly as I am and where I’m at.

I’m broken, numb, and scared

and Father, I trust you that you’ll get me through.

Amen.